The CCYAL will be co-sponsoring an exciting opportunity for young adults in the spring of 2016. The South East Young Adult Book Festival (SE-YA Book Fest) seeks to further literacy education in the youth of Tennessee. This free event allows young adult literature readers the ability to communicate with authors, participate in book signings and writing workshops, and much more. You can view the author line up below. More information about SE-YA can be found on their website, facebook, and twitter (@seyabookfest) pages.
We at the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CCYAL) believe reading aloud is imperative to promoting early engagement with children’s and young adult literature. Reading aloud to young children “is one of the major motivators for independent reading” (Allington & Cunningham, 2007) and “when teachers read aloud, they model the characteristics of fluent, independent reading” as well as print direction and concepts, text features, and vocabulary development (McQuilian, 2009).To grow this creed and extend partnerships across the campus community, the Center is working in conjunction with UT’s Early Learning Center for Research and Practice (ELC) for a new read aloud initiative.
Students interested in researching past and current trends in children's and young adult literature now can do so at UT, thanks to a new doctoral specialization that will be offered Fall 2015. See link below for the coursework requirements.